Quinn Weidemann enters through double doors to Omaha Westside High School’s lower level carrying two backpacks, both stuffed to overflowing. Practice is over, so is film study. It’s after 6:00 p.m. on a Thursday. She’s just returned from getting pizza with the rest of the varsity team. She’s back to watch the junior varsity squad take on Millard West.
“Hi, I’m Quinn,” she says with an easy smile.
She is cordial and funny, eager to answer questions. It’s a far cry from the persona Weidemann displays on the court.
“She’s very competitive,” said Westside head coach Steve Clark. “She really likes to win. She knows the team is counting on her, so she likes to come through for everybody.”
Weidemann has certainly come through for her teammates more times than a few. The YurView crew has been on hand to witness it on more than one occasion.
February 19, 2016. Weidemann was a sophomore. Westside traveled to Bellevue West, a team that had beaten the Warriors by 17 at the Metro Holiday Tournament. Trailing by five at the half, Weidemann led the comeback and hit a game-winning shot at the end of regulation.
December 16, 2016. An early season matchup pits two of the Class A favorites against each other. The game was sloppy and low-scoring, but evenly matched. With the score tied at 40, Weidemann drove the length of the floor and scored late. Westside won 42-40.
Weidemann’s success, it seems, hinges on that fiery competitiveness, a trait that is prevalent in her family. Weidemann’s father played football at South Dakota. Her younger brother, Cal, is a sophomore at Westside and has established himself in both basketball and football.
“I do want the ball in those situations,” Weidemann said. “I’m not really thinking about it. I’m just trying to win.”
According to Clark, the fact that Weidemann gets the ball, and the publicity, more often than her teammates isn’t a point of contention. “She’s friends with everybody. They’re happy for her instead of jealous about it,” Clark said.
Now in her fourth season as a varsity starter, Weidemann has a wealth of experience to pair with tremendous competitive drive. It’s made her a leader also.
“She’s very knowledgeable about the game,” Clark said. “There are times where we don’t even have to tell her what to do and she’s out there telling everybody what to do.”
Court smarts and classroom performance made Weidemann an easy target for colleges around the country. The likes of Army, Valparaiso, North Dakota State, and Oklahoma State among others all showed interest.
It’s attention Weidemann wanted. She stayed on the grind, crossing the country with AAU team All-Nebraska Attack.
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“I worked super hard during the summer just to try to get offers,” Weidemann said. “It was exciting, but also a little stressful.”
Ultimately, it was a school just hours to the west that drew Weidemann’s commitment. In October, she officially committed to the University of Wyoming.
“She was trying to find a school that, when she visited, it just felt like a college campus,” Clark said. “Wyoming is a big-time college atmosphere.”
Weidemann has some business to attend to back in Omaha before she heads off the high plains of Laramie. There’s the chance at a second state title, a bookend opposite the one she helped win as a freshman. And she’s within 200 points of breaking the school’s career scoring record held by Sarah Nelson.
Wyoming may have Weidemann’s commitment for 2018-19, but 2017-18 belongs to Westside.
“I’m super excited,” Weidemann said. “We have a chance to be really good.”